Posts tagged bluegrass gospel blog
Posts tagged bluegrass gospel blog
Until yesterday, I hadn’t posted in over three months. So, hello, old friends. Hope you enjoyed the party yesterday.
My new followers — howdy, folks — might have followed in the mistaken belief that it’s a party here all the time. Truth is, it’s the Bluegrass Gospel Blog, so there’s bluegrass and the gospel. In a blog, yeah.
Now, “gospel” means “good news”, but I’m guessing that almost none of you know it’s good news, because it’s been used to club you over the head so dang often. That’s why my profile says, “serving the unchurched and dysfunctionally-churched” — to get you past the gatekeepers and the largely right-wing media-industrial complex, so that you can find out for yourselves the truth about the Truth.
If you’re expecting the usual rants about abortion, the GLBTQ community, gun control, and all the rest of it, you’ll be sadly disappointed. These media-created, hot-button issues are not the backbone of the Gospel. This is:
"The Spirit of the LORD is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free," (Luke 4:18, New Living Translation)
With that passage of the Bible, Jesus told the world why He had come. That’s why this blog is here — to bring the Good News of salvation to rich and poor alike, to give sight to the blind, free the oppressed, and tell the captives to pack their stuff, because they’re getting out of jail free.
The subject for today is the Christian perspective on blackmail. It won’t surprise most of you that malpracticing Christians stoop to blackmail, but what the Bible says — and does — about it surely will.
What do the pictures mean? Sometimes, they relate directly to the text posts. Sometimes, they’re there to create a mood with color or evoke a time and place. Sometimes, they’re there to say there’s beauty amid the world’s ugliness, or vice versa. And sometimes, they’re there to say that we don’t experience a bit of it — not what we make with our hands, and not what nature presents to us — without the grace of Jesus Christ.
If you’re following along, you remember that this, my primary blog, went dark beginning around April 4. I cited this scripture by way of explanation:
When I wrote to you before, I told you not to associate with people who indulge in sexual sin. I meant that you are not to associate with anyone who claims to be a believer yet indulges in sexual sin, or is greedy, or worships idols, or is abusive, or is a drunkard, or cheats people. Don’t even eat with such people. God will judge those on the outside; but as the Scriptures say, “You must remove the evil person from among you.” (1 Corinthians 5:9, 11, 13 NLT)
Sadly, God had asked me to remove an evil person from among my flock — by going dark on this blog. We’ve all heard the stories and seen the movies about holier-than-thou, toxic Christians who use this passage as an excuse to heap cruelty on someone they hate, until death intervenes. Doubtless, some of you saw me in the same light.
But God is gracious, and I follow Him, so … no. Thanks be to God, I posted here again on April 20, just 16 days later, to begin restoration of this person to the fold. As Paul warns us in 2 Corinthians 2:5-8, 10-11 NLT:
“I am not overstating it when I say that the man who caused all the trouble hurt all of you more than he hurt me. Most of you opposed him, and that was punishment enough. Now, however, it is time to forgive and comfort him. Otherwise he may be overcome by discouragement.
“So I urge you now to reaffirm your love for him. When you forgive this man, I forgive him, too. And when I forgive whatever needs to be forgiven, I do so with Christ’s authority for your benefit, so that Satan will not outsmart us. For we are familiar with his evil schemes.
Yes, he’s still sinning. The difference is that, like the tax collectors and prostitutes who so offended the Pharisees, this man is at least listening to Jesus, and I am so thankful to our Lord for that miracle.
Since the 20th, I have been working with and praying for this man, so that he would finally triumph over the sin that grips him. I hope you’ll join me in both thanksgiving and prayer, and I hope you’ll be patient as I repeat the request over the coming days.
It’s Secular Saturday (Yup, I’m starting a thing). Here’s a rock-solid bluegrass band, new-ish to Tumblr, to kick it off:
Live bluegrass from Chicago’s Bubbly Creek Bluegrass Band
“Darling Nellie Across the Sea”
FOLLOW: Bubbly Creek Bluegrass Band
Bluegrass gospel from Ralph Stanley
"A Mother’s Prayer"
Thinking of the bereaved and all caring moms who are missing their children today.
"Come All Ye Tenderhearted"
Really feeling The Stanley Brothers brand of bluegrass lately.
Bluegrass gospel from the Stanley Brothers
Live (audio) bluegrass from the Stanley Brothers
"A Voice From On High"
Live bluegrass gospel from Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys
We love them all because He loves us.